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2013 Nissan Murano Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Nissan Murano was new.


Interior: 8.3

Reviewers say the 2013 Nissan Murano and Murano CrossCabriolet have well-appointed cabins, with an abundance of soft-touch materials and a pleasing design. One reviewer even comments that the Murano’s cabin would not look out of place on a vehicle from Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand. Critics say that the Murano’s seats are generally comfortable and plenty spacious, and that its features are easy to reach and use.

  • "The cabin has an upscale look and feel thanks to high-quality materials that wouldn't be out of place in a vehicle from Nissan's Infiniti luxury division." -- Left Lane News
  • "Particularly in the higher trim levels, the Murano has a nicely appointed cabin. The SL we drove had rich leather and one of my favorite elements: real aluminum trim. Why many luxury automakers continue to use obviously fake stuff boggles the mind." -- Cars.com
  • "The Murano's 5-passenger interior shines in both quality and design, especially in higher-trim models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Cabin-assembly quality is good. Abundant soft and padded surfaces add to overall quality feel. Metal-look trim on console and dash add upscale appeal. Though fake, the woodgrain accents on the LE and CrossCabriolet lend warmth and a more high-end ambiance." -- Consumer Guide


The 2013 Murano seats up to five, while the CrossCabriolet seats four. Lower trim levels come standard with cloth seats, while front heated seats and leather seats come on upper trims. On the top LE trim, heated rear seats are standard also. Reviewers say that the front seats are fairly comfortable in both the Murano and CrossCabriolet, though one remarks that the bucket seats could use more side support. In back, reviewers say that the Murano offers plenty of legroom, although one adds that the seats aren’t especially comfortable. The CrossCabriolet’s back seats generally draw good marks for comfort, which isn’t often said of convertible back seats.

  • "Large-adult room and comfort, but the wide seat backs could use more side bolstering, as the available leather seats can be slippery in turns." -- Consumer Guide (front seats)
  • "Rear passengers may find it difficult to get comfortable, though the reclining seats help. The Murano does offer ample headroom and legroom for 6-footers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Murano's three-passenger backseat doesn't have the fore/aft adjustment we've come to appreciate in more recent crossover models, but those in the rear seats won't be hurting for legroom, despite a specification that's lower than those of a few key competitors." -- Cars.com
  • "And there’s not a bad seat in the house: all four seats offer plenty of leg, hip, and shoulder space." -- Car and Driver (CrossCabriolet, 2011)

Interior Features

The Nissan Murano comes standard with dual-zone climate control and a six-speaker, six-disc CD changer stereo with an auxiliary input jack. Upper trims and option packages add features like a Bose stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, satellite radio, a backup camera, dual-pane sunroof and a power liftgate. Most of these features are standard on the CrossCabriolet as well.

Reviewers generally find all of the Murano's major controls easy to reach with straightforward usability. They comment that the buttons on the center stack are logically placed, and that the navigation system is easy to use, and that most controls of the climate and audio system are not absorbed by the system.

See the full list of 2013 Nissan Murano features and specs »

  • "A simple but highly effective tri-binnacle instrument panel greets the driver, while the wide center stack houses well-organized and intuitive controls." -- Left Lane News
  • "Dash controls are arranged well, except for the location of buttons for the available heated steering wheel and power liftgate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Shrouded, backlit gauges are easy to read in most lighting conditions, but the available navigation-system screen can wash out in bright sunlight. Most controls are easy to reach and use, but a few switches are mounted on a shelf under the center stack and in front of the console. The navigation system is easy to use, and most audio and climate functions are separate." -- Consumer Guide
  • "From a features standpoint, the Murano CrossCabriolet is loaded." -- Car and Driver (2011)


The 2013 Murano has 31.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, and 64.5 cubic feet with the second row folded. These figures lag behind five-seat SUV rivals like the Ford Edge, which offer slightly more space. The CrossCabriolet can hold just 12.3 cubic feet of cargo with the top up. It’s rear seats do not fold down. For reference, the Volvo C70, a more traditional four-seat convertible, can hold 12.8 cubic feet with its hardtop up. Most reviewers say that the Murano’s cargo capacity is adequate, and several comment on the ease with which the back seats can be folded and unfolded. Most critics also agree that the CrossCabriolet’s cargo capacity should be better.

  • "The cargo hull is relatively spacious with over 31 cubic feet of storage capacity, an amount that more than doubles with the rear seats folded." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo area is large enough, too." -- Cars.com
  • "Murano features a flat passage from the rear bumper into the cargo bay, though the sloped roofline cuts into cargo volume when the rear seat backs are up. But there is no need to remove headrests to drop the 60/40 split rear seat backs (which fold nearly flat via levers from the rear), and SL and LE have a standard power-return feature that is operated by a button near the hatch. A handy multi-section cargo organizer--standard on LE--easily deploys from the floor to help keep small items from rolling around the cargo hold." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If only Nissan could have carved out a little more space in the trunk, which holds a mere 12 cubic feet with the top raised and a paltry eight when the top is down. That’s about right for a convertible but shy of the regular Murano’s minimum capacity by 20 cubes with the top up." -- Car and Driver (2011 CrossCabriolet)

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